There is a good chance for rain in the forecast for the next five days. That’s wonderful news (except is it going to curtail my painting project). The puppies are eleven weeks old today and I think they may have seen rain three times in their lives. A short rain shower woke me up this morning: rain, it’s a foreign sound to me these days.

It will be disappointing if my agility class on Wednesday gets cancelled due to rain. I’ve been having such a good time in agility classes lately. On Saturday, after class, I hung around and visited with several of the other handlers for about 45 minutes. It was nice to discuss training techniques and dogs in general.

Dogs still feel foreign to me. I was complaining to a friend today that I was frustrated in working with Midge. I felt like I had two left feet, and she was standing on both of them! Gel and I have learned to dance and we do pretty well together, but I forget how long it took me to get to where we are now. Gel still surprises me when I take him out to a class or a show. He’s a different dog than he was a year ago. He has so much more drive and focus. It’s all a learning process; I do not want to get to the point of knowing everything there is to know about training dogs. Learning is fun and rewarding.